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Computer Maintenance Safety Video

This is a practical video on computer maintenance and safety.

Never take apart a power supply, and never take apart a CRT monitor unless you know what you’re doing. The video discusses the use of an ESD wrist strap and antistatic surfaces to place your computer parts. It also describes using compressed air versus air from a compressor, and using a UPS to make sure your computer has power in the event of a power failure. A Uninterruptible Power Supply’s battery will likely need to be changed every couple of years.
by mrdrastic

Password Protect PDF Files To Keep Them Private and Secure

Portable Document Format, commonly known as PDF, is a file format that allows computer users to represent electronic documents in an autonomous manner. In other words, whether it is used on an advanced iOS business laptop or a homely PC desktop, a PDF file performs similarly across operating systems, programming software and hardware. Simply put, a PDF file looks exactly the same regardless of the IT environment and platform in which it is accessed. This is PDF’s greatest feature and earned it tremendous popularity among file formats and an impressive market presence.
Given its increasing global usage, like all other sensitive files, it is important to keep PDF files safe with reliable password protection. In this article, I introduce a couple of efficient ways for password protecting PDF files.
There are a couple of different methods for password protecting a PDF file for free. Password protection can be done either with a customized software package or with an online service via a website. Below, I list two tools that utilize these methods in a variety of ways to assure reliable password protection for PDF files.
The first tool is a free PDF creator program named PrimoPDF. Primo is, in essence, a format converter. Once downloaded and installed, Primo shortcut appears on the desktop and a user can ‘drag and drop’ files onto the shortcut in order to convert them into PDF format. For the password protection function, users need to double click the shortcut. Once PrimoPDF options menu appears, the next step is to click on the ‘change’ button in ‘PDF Security’ row. Now you can set a password and a whole host of other specifications for the next document to be converted. Primo allows users to use the same password for all PDF documents converted through it. You just need to click the ‘Always use these settings’ box in the bottom left hand corner.
The second tool is a strictly online service named PDFProtect. Naturally, PDFProtect does not require installation. Given that your PDF files are ready to be password protected, it is a more convenient tool. On the other hand, users will need a reliable internet connection as PDF files have to be uploaded and downloaded back within a short period of time. is a user friendly site. All you have to do is browse for your PDF file, type a complex password for your file and select the strength of encryption as ‘High’ or ‘Low’. Encryption service can be a little tricky as ‘high’ level of encryption sometimes causes incompatibility issues. It is up to users to try and see which option works better for them. After pressing ‘Protect’ at the bottom of the page, PDFProtect uploads the file and, in due time, produces a password protected PDF file.
These are only a couple of useful tools available online and I hope it helps those interested.

Remove Rootkits and Malware With Windows Defender Offline

Removing malware from a computer can be a tedious chore. One of the most difficult parts of this process is removing viruses that have already disabled your antivirus program or are preventing you from running system restore and other utilities that can help remove the infection. These viruses are loaded into memory and able to thwart your progress. Running a bootable program like Windows Defender Offline catches these viruses before they have a chance to load and enables you to remove them by running a scan of your system.
Create Your Defender Disk
In order to use Windows Defender Offline, you have to download it and put the program on a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive. Download Windows Defender Offline and either save it or run it when asked. You have the option to download either the 64-bit version or the 32-bit version. If you’re not sure which version of Windows you are running, do the following:

For Computers running Windows XP
Click Start, and then right-click My Computer and click Properties. If “x64 Edition” is listed under System, you’re running the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you don’t see “x64 Edition” listed under System, you’re running the 32-bit version. The edition of Windows XP you’re running is displayed under System near the top of the window.

Computers running Windows Vista or Windows 7
Click the Start button, and then right-click Computer and click Properties. If “64-bit Operating System” is listed next to System type, you’re running the 64-bit version of Windows Vista or Windows 7. If “32-bit Operating System” is listed next to System type, you’re running the 32-bit version of Windows Vista or Windows 7.The edition of Windows Vista or Windows 7 you’re running is displayed under Windows edition near the top of the window.

You wil be asked what media you want to burn the program to. When done, restart the computer with the media inserted.
Note: If booting from CD or DVD watch for a screen that instructs you to Press any key to boot to CD. If you installed this on a USB stick, you might have to enter the BIOS setup and set USB as your first boot device.
The program will launch and then proceed to run a scan. The scan can take a while depending on your setup. If anything is found, you can remove the viruses (recommended) or keep it in quarantine.

Windows Defender Offline can help you remove hard to find malicious programs using definitions that recognize threats. Having the latest definitions is essential. You should download the program again each time you plan on scanning the computer. When the disk creation Wizard runs, it will update the definitions and be on the new disk when you run the scan.
Windows Defender Offline Concluded
Windows Defender Offline replaces a program called Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper, which we reported on a few months back. The concept is the same: remove malware before it can load into memory. This is an extremely important tool to have at your disposal. Write down the URL:, bookmark it,or search for Windows Defender Offline when you’re ready to create the bootable media. You should also create this disk from a different computer if you suspect your PC is infected.  Otherwise, malware could prevent your PC from either downloading the program or burning it to bootable media.

Microsoft Tablet PC Finally Surfaces

Microsoft is on the radar again with the launching of their newest product, which is called the Surface, and have also been in the headlines with the upcoming launch of their newest Windows Operating System, Windows 8. They said that their newest hardware-software collaboration would be using their own operating system developed for tablet PC use.  The Windows RT, which is the tablet PC version of Windows 8, will be running on the Basic version of the Surface.

Microsoft is hoping that this venture will enable them to challenge Apple’s dominance in the tablet PC market.  For sure, they can go head to head when it comes to the desktop versions, however, it will be a big challenge for them to take a chunk off of Apple’s market when the Surface finally hits the stores.  They would want people like me to think about selling my ipad to get their new product and realize that it is better than what I had before.
Launches are something that Microsoft is not very well known for unlike Apple whose press events are always much talked about.  Apple’s launch is always well attended by the media and even their scores and scores of loyal followers all over the world.  However, this launch created quite a stir because of their newest product announcement.  People were abuzz with the idea that they would be finally selling iPad that I wanted after the launch of their newest product.
Developing the Surface for them is like a marriage of their hardware and software expertise. They are banking on the success that they had with their launch of the Xbox 360 game consoles.  They specifically developed their own software for their own brand of tablet PCs and not depending on the Android, which is another favorite operating system for tablets and mobile devices by tablet PC manufacturers.
It is the Surface Basic, which will use this software developed for Windows 8.  It is actually a version of Windows 8 specifically developed for the use of tablet PCs.  They were able to make it run or operate it in such a way that it does not use much power giving the tablet PC a longer battery life.  This is a welcome idea as the power supplied by the tablet PC’s battery can be limited and might drain right away if the operating system uses as much power as the applications.

The Surface’s form is classy and sleek with the magnesium casing covering it.  It will also come with an optional touch and type cover which doubles as an external keyboard.  Quite nifty and useful especially when using the Surface for work that involves a lot of data encoding.
There are two variants of the Surface, the Basic and Pro.  The Pro version runs on Windows 8 as its processor is much more powerful compared to the Basic.  All the other features are almost quite the same, with the Pro version being a bit thicker and heavier at 13.5mm and 1.9 pounds.
That being said, Microsoft has to finalize all the other specifications that they have yet to release.  Because if not, people will still have doubts about selling ipad 1 in exchange for their product.  Hopefully, they will be able to address the issues and not keep the people hanging.